Despite teeming jails, Duterte ‘happy’ with Philippine prisons — “Philippine jails are the world’s most congested”

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Despite a recent Commission on Audit report showing more than 500 percent congestion in jail facilities, President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said that he was “happy” with situation of the country’s detention centers. Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times/World Press Photo via AP, File

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday expressed satisfaction over the situation of jails in the country despite a Commission on Audit report in June this year showing that its detention centers are bursting with inmates.

Duterte said during his jail visit to the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology that he was “happy” with the conditions of jails he had seen.
He told his audience that he was already working to give detainees their needs, but in the meantime, he would provide television sets to each jail cell…

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Russian Desperation Grows, Spurious Programs Tied Into Threats

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Because of poor editing, in Ole Artyukov’s story, USA knows: If Russia responds to sanctions, she may fall into a toilet, it is unclear who “she” is. 

Obviously it is supposed to be the US, but Russia is now tieing more and more remote measures to a Russian response to US sanctions.  

Rocket engines, ISS parts, Boeing orders, other things are being considered, and the Russian language is flailing to tie more things into the repeal of the sanctions. 

It is also obvious that Russia feels no shame, no fear, and no respect for the measures arrayed against Russia.  Their words are written as if the US is their inferior, but, then again, this is typical Russia behavior. 

It is equally obvious that the sanctions on Russia by the US and the West are having a serious effect.  Russia’s threats, in this context, appear more desperate. Perhaps the US…

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Russian Human Rights Weekly Report October 18, 2017

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October 18, 2017

Hello everyone!  Here in Open Russia’s Human Rights team we’ve had a very busy week inside and outside of the courtroom.  What we do is possible only thanks to your support, so thank you all for your kind donations!

Putin’s Birthday Demonstrations in Moscow and St. Petersburg See Mixed Reaction From Police

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On October 7 demonstrations took place across Russia to mark Vladimir Putin’s birthday and speak out against sweeping raids conducted on opposition groups, as well as the arrest of Alexey Navalny. In St. Petersburg demonstrators were arrested after shouting “For Navalny!”. Demonstrators were threatened with criminal prosecution, but were released on charges of “hooliganism” after our lawyer arrived at the scene. In Moscow the protests and detentions took place throughout the night, which we spent travelling between different police stations. In total over 300 were detained.

Court Arrests Vyacheslav…

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China says it will not militarize the South China Sea — But satellite images show the real truth

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Construction is shown on Mischief Reef in this June 19, 2017 satellite image released by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies to Reuters. (CSIS/AMTI DigitalGlobe/Handout/Reuters)

BEIJING — China maintained it will not militarize the South China Sea despite persistent reports it has been constructing military structures in the disputed territory.

Yao Wen, deputy director general for policy planning of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Asian department, gave this assurance on Monday in an interview with Asian journalists covering the 19th Communist Party of China National Congress.

“China will never seek militarization of South China Sea,” Yao replied when asked if China could make a categorical statement that it would not use its military to assert claims in the disputed sea lanes.

He did admit that structures have been constructed on reclaimed…

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Philippines’ Duterte accuses EU of plotting

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In a fiery speech full of expletives, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has accused the EU of interfering in the country’s domestic affairs.

He threatened to expel EU envoys within 24 hours, saying Europe was plotting to get the Philippines ejected from the UN. He provided no evidence for this.

The comments come after a Western delegation criticised Mr Duterte’s violent war on drugs.

An EU spokesperson later said the delegation did not represent the bloc.

In his speech, President Duterte said: “We will be excluded in the UN? You son of a bitch. Go ahead.

“You are interfering in our affairs because we are poor. You give money and then you start to orchestrate what things should be done.”

Addressing the envoys, he said: “You leave my country in 24 hours, all, all of you.”

The remainder of his tirade included a number of swear words. He provided no…

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Security flaw prompts fears on Wi-Fi connections..affects practically every single person in the world

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A NEWLY discovered flaw in the widely used Wi-Fi encryption protocol could leave millions of users vulnerable to attacks, prompting warnings Monday from the US government and security researchers worldwide.

The US government’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) issued a security bulletin saying the flaw can open the door to hackers seeking to eavesdrop on or hijack devices using wireless networks.

“Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to take control of an affected system,” said CERT, which is part of the US Department of Homeland Security.

The agency’s warning came on the heels of research by computer scientists at the Belgian university KU Leuven, who dubbed the flaw KRACK, for Key Reinstallation Attack.

According to the news site Ars Technica, the discovery was a closely guarded secret for weeks to allow Wi-Fi systems to develop security patches.

Attackers can exploit the flaw in WPA2 — the name…

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Syria war: Raqqa free, devastated and empty

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The Islamic State group has now lost its last stronghold in Raqqa, once the de-facto capital of its so called caliphate.

In the final battle for a stadium complex and hospital, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) says it killed 22 foreign IS fighters.

The US-led coalition supporting the SDF with critical air strikes says it can only confirm that 90 per cent of the city is under their control and as many as 100 IS fighters may remain. The SDF is still looking for sleeper cells and booby traps.

But this is a signal moment.

Raqqa’s town square was once the scene of IS military parades, public executions and beheadings, exaggerating their power and spreading fear across the globe.

Those days are gone.

Footage from the scene today shows jubilant US-backed militiamen from the Syrian Democratic Forces, riding on an armoured vehicle as it spins around in celebration…

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